Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more
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Wednesday 22 August 2012
Mies Julie is the jewel of Assembly’s glittering South African season this year. Produced by Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre, it thrums with menace and passion. The relationship between Julie and John is played out as a savagely erotic dance with death; by the end, the stage is slick with blood and sweat.
Friday 17 August 2012
Police shot dead more than 30 at Marikana mine; Brutal images shock post-apartheid South Africa; President Zuma cuts short Mozambique trip; World platinum prices spike, Lonmin shares slump
Friday 03 August 2012
Our new Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, was named by the French press this week as one of the great successes of the "Normal", or Hollande, era in French politics. He has managed to appear tough on crime and illegal immigration while reversing some of the authoritarian excesses of the Sarkozy years.
What To Do, See & Buy: Searching for Sugar Man; The Best of R Crumb; Peyton & Byrne's café; Global Feast
Saturday 14 July 2012
Out of Africa
Wednesday 23 May 2012
Tensions high as second man cleared of murder of white supremacist leader at farm in 2010
Saturday 12 May 2012
South Africa’s last white leader appears to defend policy of segregating racial groups
Wednesday 02 May 2012
Roy Hodgson has always been a good and dignified football man and if any reassurance was required it came plentifully enough at his unveiling as the England manager yesterday.
Tuesday 10 April 2012
We are told that big girls don't cry, but we know that master golfers do. Bubba Watson's uncontrollable sobbing when he holed the putt that won him the US Masters was quite something. First his caddy, and then his mother, offered a strong shoulder for Bubba to blub on, the emotional release of victory after four days of toiling proving too much for him.
Sunday 08 April 2012
'The first time we worked together it got so heated he threw a plate and a glass at me'
Sunday 01 April 2012
As a new season starts, Worcester await the third generation of a very famous name
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Patrick Flanery's debut novel constructs a mosaic of contemporary South Africa: a country where ugly human crime, past and present, jars against natural beauty, and as powerfully depicted here as in any book by J M Coetzee or Damon Galgut.
Monday 19 March 2012
So there I was, in our Shia mosque on Friday 10 days back, when a worshipper, a man, bounded up full of smiles. We had met briefly once before. As I was rushing to the prayer hall he made me promise I would talk to him afterwards. And so I did. And wish I hadn't. Instead of feeling spiritually renewed I experienced ungodly fury and left the beautiful space filled with despondency. We had an argument about Syria and my vocal opposition to Assad's regime. I didn't understand anything, said he, and was being deceived by the lying Western media. He was a businessman in Syria with factories employing many people, Shias in particular, he stressed, as if that would sway me. The rebellion, he claimed, was a plot by outsiders and backed by Sunnis because they want to crush minority Muslim sects, including the Allawi-Assad family.
Sunday 05 February 2012
So the sporting protest is alive and well – though cuffing yourself to the goalpost because Ryanair won't give your daughter a job is not quite the same as the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. What next? A mass demonstration against EasyJet's excess baggage policy?
Sunday 04 December 2011
Christmas books of the year
Monday 21 November 2011
The all-rounder's form in 1968 made it hard to exclude him from the South Africa tour that never was, writes Stephen Brenkley
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